The Tangāli Bench was the first product prototyped during design duo INODA+SVEJE's second visit to our workshop in August 2018. Having seen the level of skill and dexterity of our cane weavers during their first visit in 2017, they pushed our weavers to make patterns that are not traditional to Indian furniture. The contours of the bench are completely shaped by hand. The bench can be used either for seating or as a side table.
We decided to name the collection after the cool monsoon breeze that accompanied their visit to Bangalore - Tangāli means cool breeze in the Kannada language (spoken locally in Bangalore where the Phantom Hands workshop is based).
We offer this product in Natural Teak or Dark Stain finish. For the Natural Teak, we do not stain the wood; the wood is sanded to smoothness and transparent wood polish and sealer are applied to bring out the natural golden brown colour of teak. For the Dark Stain, a coat of teak stain is applied to give the wood a darker shade. Please note, each batch of teak is unique and actual shade may vary a little from the reference images. The cane pattern specially developed by INODA+SVEJE for the Tangāli Collection is called the Wrap Around weave. It is a special weave with double strands of cane wrapped around the edges of the wooden frame of a bench or chair.
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